Shingles, also known as Herpes Zoster, is caused by the dormant varicella-zoster virus, also known as chickenpox. Once chickenpox has resolved, the inactive remains of the virus can remain in nerve cells, which can cause shingles later in life.
Shingrix is a newer recombinant zoster vaccine that is up to 90% effective at preventing shingles. It is recommended for patients 50 and older, including those who recovered from Shingles or received the older shingles vaccine. The incidence of Shingles increases after the age of 50; therefore, it is important to be prevented as early as possible.
Shingles can cause excruciating pain along the nerves in the body affected. Any part of your body can be affected, including your face and eyes, but the chest and abdomen are the most common areas.
Shingles can also lead to complications, such as postherpetic neuralgia, which is severe nerve pain that lasts for several months or more after the rash has gone.
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